Perhaps one of the most dreaded pet care tasks of all is cutting a dog’s nails. Dogs tend to be afraid and many struggle madly as a means of avoidance.
For very active dogs that run all day long on varied surfaces, cutting nails may not be necessary. But among city or suburban dogs who are lucky to get a-mile-or-two walk daily, excessively long toenails are more common than not.
The most common reasons for avoiding nail trims are that the owner is afraid of ‘quicking’ the dog, or that the dog fusses and creates bad feelings around the procedure. Nail cutting becomes then an event surrounded by angst and drama.
To get around this common problem, one man came up with a brilliant hack for cutting his dog’s nails. Patrick Peifer took a regular old purse and cut some holes in it to act as a harness that his pup, Oliver, could hang from while he trimmed his nails.
According to an American Web Media report, Kendal Peifer shared the photos of her dad, Patrick, doing what he has to do to keep their dog from causing a disturbance during nail trimming time and pretty soon the post became viral.
Kendal shared the image of her dad and the purse on Twitter, which quickly racked up more than 333,000 likes including several comments from people wanting to know more about the inventor.
This way, the doggo can’t possibly injure himself or his groomer, always a risk when pet owners attempt home beauty sessions, and Kendal’s dad is spared the cost of having the dog’s nails cut professionally.
Cutting your dog’s nails is essential for their comfort, and is something that should be done on average every month. Your dog’s age and medical condition both determine how often you should cut their nails.
Whenever you trim your dog’s nails remember to make the whole experience rewarding by having treats at the ready and always take a little bit at a time if you can’t clearly see the quick beneath the nail. And if you have a very patient dog, why not paint those nails.